ILAB = Research + Innovation

At Hickok Cole we strive to be ahead of the curve. To do that, we have created our iLab program. This consists of “bottom up” research by staff through micro-grants that allow them to pursue passion projects that also have potential to benefit the firm, and “top down” research conducted with our marketing and business development departments based on what we see coming in the marketplace. Together, we meet in the middle to apply our knowledge and exploration to the design of our projects.

MICROGRANTS
Micro-grants exist to promote disruptive innovation at Hickok Cole. We crowd-source the most compelling proposals from our staff, proposals are presented, and employees vote. The winners commence an intensive research period and end with a deliverable study or concept. Through this exploration, we aim to stretch conventional notions about architecture, fabrication, work styles, and entrepreneurship. The result is a body of research that exemplifies our most forward-thinking ideas.

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    Timber Towers

    Timber Towers wins Honorable mention in “SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge.” MEET THE TEAM The Timber Towers Project seeks to demonstrate the viability of a mass timber…

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  • New Age of Retail

    New Age of Retail is an investigation into the evolution of retail and the consumer experience. It looks beyond omnichannel retail to look at coming…

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  • Hydroskin

    Hydroskin, a prototype hydroponic skin module, pushes building façades beyond their traditional use as a barrier between “in” and “out” and transforms them into multi-functional…

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    Fabulous Pre-Fab

    Fabulous Pre-Fab explores pre-fabricated modular mid-rise residential projects in Washington DC. Why Pre-Fab? Modular construction is a pre-fabrication system in which modules of a building are…

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  • Living Building Challenge

    This project was a response to the 2015 DC Affordable Living Design Competition, a progressive and innovative challenge in the realm of affordable and sustainable…

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  • Virtual Reality

    Immersive Environments are changing the way architects experience and present design. Vaguely representative immersive experiences (video gaming, virtual simulations, cube projections) carried a high cost…

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  • Augmented Reality

    This exploration integrated Augmented Reality into the world of architecture and compared it to a similar existing tool: traditional model making. Why Augmented Reality?: The…

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  • Beyond Coworking: Curated Building Environments

    Beyond Coworking analyzed the programmatic characteristics of visually compelling and financially feasible co-working environments, and then applied these elements on the full-building scale, creating an…

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  • Parametric Precast

    Parametric Precast is an exploration into a different approach to the way we use concrete in building façades. This project is an investigation into how…

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